2011 Nickel & Nickel
Dragonfly Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon

St. Helena, Napa Valley


At a Glance

The 2011 Dragonfly Vineyard Cabernet is a polished expression of this vineyard with aromas and flavors of strawberry, berry, herb and spice. A blanket of vanilla and toasty oak melts on the palate and integrates beautifully with the fruit. The texture is silky from start to finish and can easily be enjoyed upon release.


Perkins & Kidd soil from Dragonfly Vineyard


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Vineyard Notes

Appellation

St. Helena, Napa Valley

Year Planted

1990

Varietal

Cabernet Sauvignon

Clone & Rootstock

Cabernet Sauvignon clone 7 on four rootstocks:

  • St. George
  • 110R
  • 3309C
  • 5C

Acreage

4 acres

Trellising

Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)

Geology

The soil in this vineyard is rocky with gravelly loams and clay, and is composed of two soil series. The Perkins soil series are well-drained soils that are formed from alluvial fans depositing eroded igneous rock. The Kidd soil series are also well drained, and form when rhyolite is weathered.

Vineyard
Description

The diminutive, four-acre Dragonfly Vineyard is located in St. Helena at the base of Spring Mountain. Old timers know this magical place as a “banana belt” microclimate, as its ideal summer temperatures allow the vines to develop their notable ripe and jammy fruit. The vines benefit from the site’s deep, gravelly loam soils and gentle southern exposure, and the vineyard is one of the first to be harvested each year.

Wine Notes

Appellation

St. Helena, Napa Valley

Harvest Date

October 14, 2011

Varietal

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Skin Contact

12 – 15 days

Aging

17 months in French oak

  • 50% new
  • 50% once-used

Release Date

September 2014

First Vintage

1997

Harvest
Notes
Sensory
Notes

In 2011, cloud cover in the winter and early spring delayed the year’s growing season, but above average rainfall filled the reservoirs. Bloom this year occurred in June, which is the latest on record. We farmed the vineyard as we normally do, opening up the canopy to offer speckled light without exposing the fruit to sunburn. A cool summer without any real heat spikes offered a slow ripening period, and the fruit looked beautiful on the vines. Without the extra heat, sugar levels remained low and we harvested the entire vineyard in mid-October when flavor and tannin development were at their peak.

The 2011 Dragonfly Vineyard Cabernet is a polished expression of this vineyard with aromas and flavors of strawberry, berry, herb and spice. A blanket of vanilla and toasty oak melts on the palate and integrates beautifully with the fruit. The texture is silky from start to finish and can easily be enjoyed upon release.